J'adore Paris!

We got back into town last night and are getting back to our routine today. It was a quick trip to Paris, but we packed so much in! I still have to sort through the hundreds of photos that I took, but will share more soon. We saw SO much. After our trip to Prague, which we were lucky enough to spend 6 days in, I felt like I could really say I "did" that city. With all the walking we did, I'm satisfied to be able to say the same about Paris. My feet haven't hurt that bad in a long time!
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The only thing we didn't get to do, that I'd still like to some day, is see Versailles & go to a winery outside of the city. We explored the central part of Paris thoroughly over the course of 4 days (although I could go to the Louvre several more times) and took a day trip out to Normandy to see the D-Day Memorial.
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Above is just one of the many pictures we took of the Eiffel tower. Our time spent just relaxing in the grass at the base of the tower is probably my favorite part of the trip.
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More to come!

Au Revoir!

Bubble Series par Melvin Sokolsky pour Harper's Magazine 1963

Abbey Road



Abbey Goes Design Scouting posted this last week and I thought it was pretty funny! Abbey Road Studios has a webcam setup that films visitors re-enacting the 1969 Beatles album cover all day long. Click *here* to view! Don't forget about the time difference.

Busy!



It was my last week of work this week (yay!), so I've been somewhat preoccupied with wrapping up all the loose ends at work, studying, planning our trips, and mentally mapping all my newly found free time!

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The above image has nothing to do with anything, except that I thought it was cool and that I'm digging stripes right now! Here are some other stripe themed indulgences:

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Rugs from West Elm


Linen Tank from JCrew

Re-usable grocery sacks!

Breakfast!

{Photo from The Pioneer Women website}


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I came across this recipe a while ago, but dug it out this weekend. Its brilliant and so simple. Its a recipe for a dry mix of pancakes. You make a bunch and then you basically have your own homemade bisquick, so that whenever you want pancakes you just add an egg, a cup of milk & some butter and there you go! I like to put the dry mix in one of those gallon ziploc bags and write what I'm supposed to add on the outside of it. Its so easy, its kind of silly we've all been spending money on pancake mix all these years!

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While searching for this recipe again, I was looking on Pioneer Woman and she uses cake flour in her pancake recipe. They don't sell cake flour here, so I haven't tried the recipe myself, but I thought it was interesting and thought I'd pass it on as well!

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We had a group of friends over for brunch this morning. It was such a nice break to our normal routine. Plus then I had the rest of the day to do nothing

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Next week is my last week at my job. I'm pretty excited about it. My husband and I are starting to somwhat wrap up our time here in Kuwait and I had just finished a big project at work. It's a good time to make a clean break. I'm looking forward to some time off. I can check off "Worked in the Middle East" from my list of accomplishments and can now focus on squeezing some more exploring/experiences/traveling into our remaining time here.

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We've planned a spur of the moment trip to Paris in the next couple of weeks. I'm super excited. I've always wanted to go. I just wish I had some more time to brush up on my French! More to come!

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Have a wonderful weekend!

Scuba!



We're scuba certified! We've been working on getting the certification and finished up our open water dives this weekend. The first day was beautiful - well as beautiful as it can be for the Arabian Gulf. The water isn't very clear, but there are some tropical fish and coral - plus a sunken ship that was kind of cool. Today, however, we had rough seas. We did finish, but nearly everyone lost their breakfast several over the course of the morning (I was somehow able to hold it together thankfully). It was a rough day, but we finished.

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We got very lucky yesterday and saw a Whale Shark! We were able to swim very close to it. We're told its a once in a lifetime experience, that we got lucky to see without trying and on our first open water dive. Divers go looking for them and sometimes still can't see one. They're the largest living fish species. Here's some more information on them, if you're interested - click here.